Yes, 2014 has been all about Frozen and "Let It Go," but Guardians of the Galaxy has the Disney flick beat when it comes to curating a number of perfect playlists that work in any context on and off the silver screen.
Now, the director is back with a new mix, and it's just as rocking and addictive as the original soundtrack. Guardians of the Galaxy may have banked on vintage sounds, '80s throwbacks and a ton of guilty pleasures from yesteryear, but James Gunn has now compiled a totally modern, fresh playlist for those of you who can't wait to get your hands on the DVD.
"Awesome Mix Volume Zero" includes My Chemical Romance, Andrew W.K., the Wombats and more, and it's a raucous, rocking time worthy of any star lord's attention. It may not groove with the rhythms of Motown, but these high-energy riffs make for the perfect foil to the crazy successful Awesome Mix Vol. 1.
Gunn took to Instagram to explain his reasons for creating the mix:
"As many of you know, music is an extremely important part of Guardians of the Galaxy. I chose the songs on Awesome Mix ahead of time, and even included them in the script. Where possible, the songs were played live on set - when you see the gang walking down the hall to 'Cherry Bomb,' they were actually walking down the hall to 'Cherry Bomb.' Likewise, the score by Tyler Bates was written largely before we started shooting, and we blared that sucker on set so the actors and cameras would all move in unison. On lighter days, our master soundman Simon Hayes would also play music on set between takes to keep people's energy up. He did this while shooting the credit sequence in the Temple of Morag, and he also did it for the Boot of Jemiah, so we could keep the extras hyped and alive and feeling like they were in a bar atmosphere. Being that these were night shoots, it helped to keep people awake as well! Simon took requests for the credit scene, but for the Boot of Jemiah he asked me to put together an AWESOME playlist of high energy party tunes. So I did, featuring some of my favorite tunes. My assistant Simon Hatt (50% of British people are named Simon) just found this list and sent it to me. So I thought I'd share it with you in case you wanted to make your own BOOT OF JEMIAH PLAYLIST - or, as known from now on, Awesome Mix Volume Zero."
Listen to "Awesome Mix Volume Zero" below (courtesy of the AV Club!) and don't forget to grab your copy of the movie when it's released on DVD on December 9.